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GA Regents approve tuition increases at colleges

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia college students will have to pay up to $450 more per semester in tuition and fees starting this fall.

The Georgia Board of Regents voted Tuesday to raise tuition to deal with a massive shortfall because of state budget cuts, skyrocketing enrollment and dried-up federal stimulus money. The state's 35 colleges and universities are set to lose $346 million in funding for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Students and families are watching tuition increases closely after lawmakers cut back the HOPE scholarship program. Thousands of students who once received full tuition will get only a portion of that money starting this fall.

The changes were put in place to keep HOPE from going broke. The program was faced with flat lottery ticket sales and steep tuition hikes.

Online: http://www.usg.edu

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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